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 Post subject: The "I don't know but need to ASAP" thread
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Hi folks--

I'm sure I'm going to need help on specifics as my son goes through his conversion process and when that happens I'll ask here.

First question: Are parents allowed to be sponsors? I ask because my sponsor told me just now that she was told that spouses and parents are NOT permitted to be sponsors, but my daughter was her husband's sponsor in the Nashville diocese.

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 Post subject: Re: The "I don't know but need to ASAP" thread
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 Post subject: Re: The "I don't know but need to ASAP" thread
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No, parents cannot be sponsors either for baptism or for confirmation.

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i was also told it was not "a good idea" for spouses to be a sponsor ... but i also know that it was allowed... at least it was back when i converted and that was circa 1998 .... so as you are aware from your experience, it does happen... it just might not be the best situation available

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 Post subject: Re: The "I don't know but need to ASAP" thread
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 Post subject: Re: The "I don't know but need to ASAP" thread
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 Post subject: Re: The "I don't know but need to ASAP" thread
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Canon 874 says the following:

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§1 To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:

1° be appointed by the candidate for baptism, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it;

2° be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made;

3° be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the Blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;

4° not labor under a canonical penalty, whether imposed or declared;

5° not be either the father or the mother of the person to be baptized.

§2 A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only in company with a Catholic sponsor, and then simply as a witness to the baptism (canon 874, emphasis added).


My understanding is spouses can be sponsors, although some parishes may discourage it.


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 Post subject: Re: The "I don't know but need to ASAP" thread
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As far as I know there's nothing preventing a spouse from being a sponsor. Under the old code being a sponsor was an impediment for marriage (it could, of course, be dispensed), but I don't think even then marriage was an impediment for being a sponsor. I could be wrong!

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 Post subject: Re: The "I don't know but need to ASAP" thread
PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:53 am 
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Peregrinator wrote:
As far as I know there's nothing preventing a spouse from being a sponsor. Under the old code being a sponsor was an impediment for marriage (it could, of course, be dispensed), but I don't think even then marriage was an impediment for being a sponsor. I could be wrong!


I agree with you. Not sure if I'd have become a Catholic if there was an official rule about sponsors not being able to sponsor. However, I can understand why some parishes may discourage it.


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